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There are many rooms in this old house of ours. Rooms to sleep in, rooms to take baths in, rooms to play in, rooms to eat in, rooms to just look at, and rooms for future babies.
My favorite room is our living room. I really think it’s the heart of our home and where we spend the majority of our time.
When we bought Brogdon House it was actually a guest bedroom. We decided that five bedrooms were enough for us and converted this sixth bedroom into a living room. It was the only room in the house that still had its hardwood floors uncovered. It had pink wallpaper (and cracks in the plaster), a dropped drywall ceiling, and pink drapes.
We tore out the dropped ceiling, replaced the plaster, and refinished the floors. We exchanged the 1970s ceiling fan with something a little more modern. I saw these drapes in a ‘Cottage Living’ article and had my seamstress copy them (they’re hemp, by the way).
And the furniture…this room actually has less antiques than the rest of our house. In fact, other than one of our beds and MM’s crib it holds ALL the non-antiques we own. And they are: the corner cabinet (my grandparents’ first piece of furniture), a 1920s rocker that is original to the house, and a 19th-century English sideboard (not shown). And some other odds and ends like an old fruit shipping crate, some photographs, a tobacco drying rack, radios, watches, etc. The rest of the big stuff is all “new”–well, as in the last few years “new”.
Then there’s the toys and books. My my, how they have taken over our life! The antique toolbox to the left of the sofa holds all the extra books since the playroom and her bedroom are full and the big green basket to the right of the sofa holds all the overflow toys.
The living room mantle showcases of a painting we had commissioned by a local artist when we bought Brogdon House. She actually painted it the weekend before we closed on the house. For some reason I love that about it.
Thanks for stopping by on this little tour!